The biggest observational event of the year occurs Wednesday, November 14, when a total eclipse of the Sun washes over
Australia and the South Pacific and bathe the inhabited parts
(northeastern Australia) with almost exactly 2 minutes of totality.
Thousands of eclipse chasers are now going to the region. Among those
travelers are Editor David J. Eicher and Senior Editor Richard Talcott, who are leading tours in partnership with Melita Thorpe of MWT Associates.
200 readers will join Eicher and Talcott for a 13-day trek that will carry them
around the land Down Under. The magazine’s trip will begin at Darwin and include days
of adventure and exploration as well as astronomy. The group will hike through
Kakadu National Park World Heritage Site, take the fancy Ghan train
south to Alice Springs, explore and observe at Ayers Rock, walk through
aboriginal sites at Kata Tjuta and Walpa Gorge, discover Sydney and its
magnificent harbor, snorkel and scuba in the Great Barrier Reef, cruise
on the Daintree River, wander through rain forests and across beaches,
and set off on a crocodile adventure.
The trip also will feature talks by three astronomers: SETI’s Seth
Shostak on sending signals into space, Bill Sheehan on the eclipse
itself, and Eicher on the latest developments in astronomy, planetary
science, and cosmology. Some other friends and Astronomy
contributors will be along too, including David Levy and Dennis Mammana.
The group will
end up at Cairns (pronounced “cans”), where they'll explore the area and
witness the eclipse from Green Island, just off the coast.
Read all of Editor David J. Eicher's blogs from the trip at www.Astronomy.com/davesuniverse